Our fancy-schmancy gala evening last week was perfectly delightful – beautiful music, lovely people, elegant dining and inspiring stories, but I could not wait to get out of my shoes.
The trip from Pollywog Creek to the gala venue was not so delightful. Despite detailed directions from google maps, we got lost in Tampa’s rush-hour traffic. We were most grateful to pull into a Doubletree Hotel that not only gave us proper directions, but kindly allowed us to change out of our travel clothes into our fancy-schmancy gala clothes while we were there.
Leaving Tampa for Winter Haven later that evening, we got lost once again. It was a long night with multiple detours and an unexpected visit with my adorable nine day old grandnephew during his late-night fussy time. When all was said and done, it was 2 o’clock in the morning before we could call it a night.
One of the sweetest things about the gala was the opportunity to talk with Rebecca St. James again. We actually ran into her first at the reception before dinner, where we re-introduced ourselves. It had been over three years since our interview with her. After dinner and the program had concluded, we caught up with her again where she graciously recorded a short message of encouragement to the girls in our rural community. I can’t wait to share it with the other CPC board members tonight and to see how God is going to use Rebecca’s message to encourage and inspire girls to stay sexually pure and strong in their faith.
Photos: An early evening walk around the pond, Rebecca St. James recording the message, and Rebecca with Emily.